Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Review: Fisher of Men by:Pam Rhodes

 Fisher of Men
About the Book:
The country church of St. Stephen's, Dunbridge, under the leadership of the formidable Rev. Margaret Prowse, is getting a new curate. The whole congregation is abuzz as the shy but earnest Neil Fisher arrives to take up his very first post.

Though intimidated by Margaret, he is determined to overcome his shyness and immediately sets out to meet the congregation. As often occurs when a man of the cloth is single, his mission becomes somewhat sidetracked when his attention is first drawn to Ros, the spiky single mum who looks after the vicarage garden, and then commandeered by Wendy, leader of the church music group, who is determined to bag herself a vicar for a husband. And if that isn't enough, he also has to contend with his opinionated mother, who strongly disapproves of her son's vocation.

Featuring a charming mix of colorful characters, Fisher of Men transports readers to the quaint village of Dunbridge where the quiet miracle of life is revealed.


About the Author:
Pam Rhodes for many years has presented the world’s numberone religious television program, Songs of Praise on BBC. She writes for the UK national newspaper, the Daily Mail, and is also a successful novelist—author of The Dunbridge Chronicles, With Hearts and Hymns and Voices, and four other novels, as well as a number of additional books.

My Review:
 The possibility of speaking in front of others is especially daunting but what if you are someone that actually has a job or calling that will require you to speak in front of people? You wouldn't think that people that are chosen to pastor a church would have that problem but I know some that are accepting this calling that are in fact shaking in their boots. So it is with Neil Fisher, but he soon realizes that he has to overcome his shyness and by doing so will in fact become a part of the lives of the congregation that he is so fearful of.

 Each character has such a huge part in the telling of Mr. Fisher's role in the curate apprenticeship program. Each character is a larger than life character and they all blend together perfectly well! This book is part of The Dunbridge Chronicles series and will lead you to read the rest in the series because it leaves a lot of loose ends leaving you wondering what will happen to each character. The main character reminds me a lot of my husband and his current role that will be changing soon, because he will begin his "apprenticeship" program for ministry. He also has a fear of public speaking but God definitely knew what He was doing by calling him because his heart is huge for others. Neil Fisher begins to take this new role on as he travels a path that is somewhat precarious but must be done nonetheless.

If you would like to learn more about this book you can check it out at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.